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Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Puerto Rico yesterday, demanding the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló — whose administration has been rocked by alleged corruption and a series of leaked chat messages that included everything from sexism to making fun of Hurricane Maria casualties. Dan digs in with New York Times correspondent Frances Robles, who's been reporting from San Juan.

Go deeper: Thousands fill streets of Puerto Rico as governor refuses to resign

Puerto Rico governor says he will not seek re-election amid mass protests

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Mass protests in Puerto Rico. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Sunday that he will not seek re-election next year and will step down as president of the New Progressive Party, but stopped short of saying he will resign as governor before the end of his term.

Why it matters: Protestors took to the streets last week to demand Rosselló resign over leaked Telegram messages between the governor and his top aides that were reported to include misogynistic, profane and homophobic comments. Some of the messages were reported to have mocked victims of Hurricane Maria, a disaster over which Rosselló's administration has been criticized for mishandling.